The successful visits of Manchester United and Liverpool has the A-League's second youngest club dreaming of their own showcase pre-season event
John Aloisi wants Melbourne Heart to follow the example of their cross-city rivals by luring a heavyweight club to Australia.
Melbourne Victory scored a major coup when they agreed a pre-season friendly against Liverpool at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the exhibition game proved to be a major success, with 95,000 fans packing out the stadium for the visit of the English Premier League giants.
Heart, who took on Everton at Etihad Stadium prior to their debut season, have kept a low profile ahead of the 2013-14 A-League campaign, but their coach would welcome the opportunity to organise a glamour friendly of their own.
"It would be great," Aloisi told Radio Sport National when asked about the possibility of the club attempting to secure a major drawcard.
"That's out of my hands, it's more to do with the people upstairs. If they could get someone like that, not only a Chelsea or a Tottenham, [but] a Real Madrid or a Barcelona, see someone like [Lionel] Messi to come to Australia, that would be something else.
"I don't think it would happen this pre-season but maybe next pre-season."
Sydney FC have taken a different approach from Victory, scheduling an extended tour and training camp in Italy, allowing them to showcase veteran star Alessandro Del Piero to his native fans.
According to Heart chief executive Scott Munn, an overseas trip had been briefly discussed within the club, but is unlikely to take place before the new season begins.
"We'd been invited to go to Indonesia this year, it was late in September, early October and we just thought that's not appropriate two weeks out from the year [season] to be travelling to Indonesia," he told Goal Australia.
"Similarly, we had an opportunity to go to New Zealand for a period late in September and it didn't quite work with our schedule."
Having already announced a friendly against Brisbane Roar this month, Munn said Heart hoped to play games against Adelaide and Perth before the campaign kicks off in October, while a potential hit-out against neighbours Victory will not be going ahead.
"The plan is to have eight to 10 hit-outs, including two, possibly three A-League matches, which at this point look to be against Brisbane, Adelaide United and Perth Glory," he said.
"We'd spoken to Melbourne Victory about the potential of playing a pre-season game, but it's not going to work out due to the timings, venues and other matches that are locked in.
"It hasn't happened but that's not to say down the track it could never happen. I still think there's an opportunity to maybe even play a pre-season game as a match that the public could come along to, which would be really exciting."
However, that appears unlikely to happen this year, with a representative of Victory informing Goal Australia the club's pre-season schedule is now locked in.